It’s been said that those who fail to learn from the past are destined to repeat it. For some of us that means a paradigm shift for 2011.
If you’re seeking ways to work smarter, enhance your work experience, increase your value to your organization, and move forward in your career, you need look no further than lessons on love.
That’s right. Relationships (past and present) can be a gold mine when it comes to providing wisdom in the world of work, as there are many parallels and similar standard operating procedures. Based upon what I’ve observed and experienced, here are some of the most important ones. So just in case you didn’t get the memo, take notes.
- You’ve got to be a good “team player” or you’ll likely be pink-slipped. Think about it. Nobody likes a slickster or a slacker. It puts unnecessary burden on others and causes resentment. Besides, nobody’s indispensable!
- Ongoing communication prevents future problems. Have you ever had a break-up that you didn’t see coming? Ouch. Whether it’s with a significant job project or significant other, it’s important to address goals, perceptions, challenges, and expectations. Regularly.
- Show up! Whether it’s being “emotionally available” or physically accounted for, your presence is required. I’m often amazed at how many folks jeopardize their job status due to poor attendance. Don’t be one of them. You gotta’ report for active duty folks; it’s a no-brainer.
- Like a bank account, you’ll only yield what you put in. Work hard and be consistent for optimal returns.
- Perks can be a great motivator. Strive to create win-win situations.
- Be willing to admit your mistakes and learn from them. Remember, “Pride cometh before the fall.”
- Increase the odds for success and longevity by making wise choices from the get go. For example, don’t choose a job as an accountant if you hate numbers. Don’t take a gig in customer service if you’re not a “people” person. Trust me on this one.
Follow these seven savvy tips to enhance your job performance and to create a career that you can fall in love with.
(Image courtesy of Katie Tegtmeyer under a Creative Commons 2.0 Attribution generic license.)
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